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RRRC College Scholarship Program

The Richmond Road Runners Club (RRRC) has a scholarship program for Richmond-area high school seniors involved in running or running-related activities. RRRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting running for positive physical and mental health benefits. In 2022, RRRC will award up to three (3) $2,000 scholarships to students who have contributed to the running community and represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle.  
Each RRRC scholarship will be a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000. To be eligible, a student must be:
1.     A graduating high school senior who resides or attends school in the Richmond area;
2.     Accepted at an accredited institution of higher education; and
3.     Involved in running in some capacity (e.g., as a cross-country or track team member, e.g., manager or trainer, member of a running or track club, or volunteer in a running activity).
To apply for a Richmond Road Runners Club scholarship award, ALL of the following must be submitted:
1.    A completed RRRC Scholarship Application Form (all questions answered)
2.    A 500-word essay focused on answering the three questions listed in the application instructions. The emphasis should be on the student’s overall contribution to the sport of running, rather than on individual achievement. Please do not include your name on any part of the essay, and the essay should not exceed 500 words.
3.    A copy of the student’s acceptance letter from a college or university.
4.    One letter of reference from someone involved in either high school or Richmond area running specifically addresses the student’s contributions to the running community. The letter should be emailed directly from the person writing the reference letter to
All documents must be submitted as PDFs to Complete applications must be received no later than midnight on May 31, 2022All submitted documentation will become the property of the RRRC and may be used or destroyed at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Award selections will be made by the RRRC Scholarship Committee which is solely responsible for the award decisions. Each scholarship recipient will be notified directly no later than June 30, 2022. Scholarship recipients will be announced and recognized at the RRRC Pony Pasture 5K. The award will be paid directly to the student’s college or university business office.
Please provide this information to any students you believe qualify for the scholarship and who exemplify the aims of the Richmond Road Runners Club. Feel free to make copies of this information for dissemination. Please contact the RRRC Scholarship Committee at for additional information.
Kirk Millikan, RRRC Scholarship Committee Chair                        

Application Form & Instructions

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RRRC College Scholarship Recipients 2021

This year, we had a very competitive field of 25 applicants for the 2021 Richmond Road Runners Club college scholarship. The three winners set themselves apart through their leadership, dedication to running, and volunteering in the running community. 

Congratulations on Receiving a Scholarship from the Richmond Road Runners Club!

RRRC College Scholarship Recipients 2020

In 2020, RRRC is awarded three (3) $2,000 scholarships to Richmond-area high school seniors who have and will contribute to the running community and represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle.  

Ellen Herrera (left)
Wade Carter (center)
Avery Hairfield (right)

  • Ellen Herrera graduated from St. Catherine's School in Richmond and will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall. Ellen was a captain of the cross country and track teams her senior year, fostering a positive team culture and encouraging her teammates to reach their full potential. She has volunteered at Richmond Marathon water stops and hopes to join a marathon training program in college to accomplish her next goal, running a marathon.
  • Wade Carter graduated from Glen Allen High School in Henrico County and will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall. Wade was a captain of the cross country and track teams his senior year and actively recruited and mentored younger team members. Throughout high school, he volunteered with Healthy Kids Running Series and plans to join the club running team at UVA. 
  • Avery Hairfield graduated from Cosby High School in Chesterfield County and will be attending Queens University of Charlotte in the fall. Avery was a captain of the cross country and track teams during her junior and senior years, planning pasta parties and inspiring her teammates. She has volunteered at races and events at Pocahontas State Park and plans to study exercise and sports sciences at Queens.
Thank you to the 11 members of the RRRC Scholarship Committee, which was chaired by Kirk Millikan, for the tough job of reviewing 25 applications and having to recommend only three for scholarships. Click here for more information about the RRRC Scholarship Program.

Donate  Contribute to the RRRC Scholarship Fund for 2021!

RRRC College Scholarship Recipients 2019

ImageCongratulations to the recipients of the RRRC College Scholarships for 2019. Virginia Kauders (Collegiate School), Mohini Johri (Collegiate School), and Dylan Moore (Cosby High School) were each awarded $2,000 scholarships. All profits from the Pony Pasture 5K support the RRRC College Scholarship Program. Special thanks to Kirk Millikan who managed the College Scholarship program this year. And thank you to the 69 donors who contributed an additional $1,592 to the scholarship fund. You can still DONATE.

RRRC College Scholarship Recipients 2018

Saturday, July 28 - At today's Pony Pasture 5K, presented by Edward Jones, the Richmond Road Runners Club announced the recipients of RRRC College Scholarships for 2018: Noah Campbell, Jack Ikenberry, and Ryan McCracken. Noah graduated from Patrick Henry High School and will be attending the University of Richmond; Jack graduated from Lee Davis High School and will be attending George Mason University; and Ryan graduated from Douglas Freeman High School and will be attending the College of William & Mary. We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year, but after reviewing the applications, the Richmond Road Runners Club scholarship committee saw that these three recipients had set themselves apart from the rest. Each was a very dedicated runner in high school, held leadership positions on their high school teams, actively encouraged their teammates to reach their highest potential, received rave reviews from their coaches, and plan to continue running and supporting a healthy lifestyle in college.

Noah Campbell, Mary Claire & Steve Ikenberry (parents of Jack who could not be present), and Ryan McCracken. Photo credit: Ed Kelleher

Thank you to the 77 race registrants and others who donated a total of $1,861.00 to the RRRC Scholarship Fund. You can still DONATE HERE. The profits from the Pony Pasture 5K also support the scholarship fund.

And thank you to Kirk Millikan, committee chair, and the other members of the RRRC Scholarship Committee.  

RRRC College Scholarship Recipients 2017

RRRC awarded $2,000 scholarships to two (2) students: Jake Scott Dehetre, a cross-country and indoor/outdoor track runner for Atlee High School, and Laurel Goodpasture, a cross-country and indoor/outdoor track runner for Trinity Episcopal School.